"Despicable" Brussels terrorist attacks condemned by UN chief

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European Union headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Carmen Cuesta Roca

Terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital Brussels in which some 30 people have reportedly died have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Two bombs were detonated at Brussels airport at around 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

Another explosion struck a metro station in the city an hour later.

Janie Cangelosi reports.

It was still not clear how many people died in the twin attacks on Tuesday morning, but some reports say at least 31 had been killed.

News agencies said over one hundred were injured.

Here's the UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq.

"The despicable attacks today struck at the heart of Belgium and the centre of the European Union. The Secretary-General hopes those responsible will be swiftly brought to justice. He is confident that Belgium’s and Europe's commitment to human rights, democracy and peaceful coexistence will continue to be the true and lasting response to the hatred and violence of which they became a victim today." 

Media reports said that the terrorist group ISIL claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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